Australasian Science: Australia's authority on science since 1938

Feature

Feature article

Habitat Highways Save Animals from Fire

Credit: Andrés Castañeda

A hazard reduction burn is carried out in mallee vegetation. This is often labelled as “ecological fire management” but hazard reduction and ecosystem management need different burning approaches to protect species. Credit: Andrés Castañeda

By Annabel Smith

Fire can act in a similar way to habitat fragmentation and restrict the movement of animals across the landscape.

To view this article subscribe or purchase a yearly pass here.

Remote Weapons: Ethics from a Distance

A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper drone

A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper drone taxis down an Afghanistan runway. Credit: US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson

By Adam Henschke

Are military drones that launch lethal attacks by remote control of any more concern than traditional warfare capabilities?

To view this article subscribe or purchase a yearly pass here.

The Scent of a Crime

dog nose

Dogs can be used to detect a range of scents, including drugs, explosives, accelerants, currency, and living and deceased people. Credit: yellowsarah/iStock

By LaTara Rust & Rebecca Buis

Cadaver-detection dogs can’t be trained using human remains. How accurately can the complex scents emitted by decomposing bodies be mimicked when these dogs are trained?

To view this article subscribe or purchase a yearly pass here.

Molecules that Mould the Mind

Credit: PhenomArtlover/iStockphoto

Credit: PhenomArtlover/iStockphoto

By Michael Notaras

Molecular psychiatrists are revealing how stress during critical periods in adolescence can influence mental illness later in life.

To view this article subscribe or purchase a yearly pass here.

The Doping Age

The Doping Age

By Stephen Moston & Terry Engelberg

A new study finds that doping in sport has spread to Australian athletes as young as 12 years of age.

To view this article subscribe or purchase a yearly pass here.

The First Breath

Gogonasus

Gogonasus, the 380-million-year-old fossil sarcopterygian fish from Gogo in Western Australia, had large spiracles on its head to enable it to breathe air. Illustration: Brian Choo

By John Long

The African reedfish Polypterus has revealed how breathing first evolved in terrestrial animals, and perhaps how the structures of the ear first formed.

To view this article subscribe or purchase a yearly pass here.

Jumping Genes and the Spectacular Evolution of Flowering Plants

Jumping Genes and the Spectacular Evolution of Flowering Plants

By Keith Oliver, Jen McComb & Wayne Greene

The emergence and rapid rise of flowering plants is one of the most extraordinary and yet still not fully explained phenomena in evolutionary history. Could what Darwin himself called an “abominable mystery” be caused by jumping genes?

To view this article subscribe or purchase a yearly pass here.

From the Mountain to the MCG

Harry O’Brien gasps with Nathan Buckley

Harry O’Brien gasps for breath in front of coach Nathan Buckley at the University of Utah, December 2012.

By Blake McLean

As the AFL season builds towards the Grand Final this month, Blake McLean outlines the performance enhancements Collingwood players gained by training at altitude last summer.

Blake McLean travelled with the Collingwood Football Club for its altitude training camp in Utah as part of his PhD with the Australian Catholic University’s School of Exercise Science.

To view this article subscribe or purchase a yearly pass here.

Radical Reasons Explain Why Smoking Harms Babies

Credit: freshidea

Credit: freshidea

By Brian Oliver & Hui Chen

New research has found why mothers who smoke or are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke can cause permanent damage to the health of their babies.

To view this article subscribe or purchase a yearly pass here.

The Future of Pest Control Lies Within (the Pest)

Credit: Vera Kuttelvaserova/Adobe

Credit: Vera Kuttelvaserova/Adobe

By Alexandre Fournier-Level

Gene drives could improve global food security by turning pest biology against itself.

To view this article subscribe or purchase a yearly pass here.